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Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising

Robert Gooding-Williams
Guest curated by Carolin Emcke

Recommended read to, once again, reflect on #Ferguson and «white paranoia»: Patricia Williams’ and Judith Butler’s contributions in this collection of essays. It was published in 1993 after the riots in Los Angeles that were sparked when policemen had brutally beaten up a black man, Rodney King.

Published in Weekly Filet #176 In collection: Guest Butchers FTW

A History of the Future in 100 Objects

Adrian Hon

This is a great question to address in a book: What are the 100 objects that future historians will pick to define the 21st century? Adrian Hon, CEO of a games company, takes the view from the 2180s to find answers. On the book’s website, you’ll find almost half of the chapters freely available, so start diving into this «story of how we became more connected than ever before, with objects like Babel, Silent Messaging, the Nautilus-3, and the Brain Bubble — and how we became fragmented, both physically and culturally, with the Fourth Great Awakening, and the Biomes.»

Published in Weekly Filet #143

Present Shock – When Everything Happens Now

Douglas Rushkoff

It is, in fact, a pretty simple rule: If you want to hear something interesting, don’t listen to the loudest. Evgeny Morozov is the loudest and – no surprise there – best heard technology skeptic these days. I certainly agree that technology skepticism is important and underrepresented, but for a good read on this, I recommend Douglas Rushkoff’s brilliant new book, «Present Shock». Unlike Morozov, Rushkoff tackles issues, not people. His thesis: We have lost our sense of the future and the past as we live in a time entirely centered around «Now».

Published in Weekly Filet #108

Portraits of Power

My Modern Met

In September 2009, British photographer Platon Antoniou had the unique chance to shoot portraits of nearly all current world leaders at the UN General Assembly. You’ve probably seen some of those iconic images before – Putin, Berlusconi, Obama – but going through the whole series is yet a whole ‘nother experience. I’ve been lucky enough to see the images at an exhibition in Vienna and I’d almost say this alone is worth a travel there. Also recommended: the book with all images.